Britain's Mark Cavendish took his third stage win of this year's Giro d'Italia on stage 13 to Cervere today.

Team Sky manoeuvred Cavendish into position ahead of an incident-free sprint finish and he powered away from Team Katusha's Alexander Kristoff to add to his wins on stages two and five.

The Manxman took a 12-point lead in the points standings as he battles Matt Goss of Orica GreenEdge for the red jersey. Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) retains the overall leader's pink jersey.

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal is second for Garmin ahead of tomorrow's entry into the Alps.

Following the 10th stage win of his Giro career, Cavendish said: "The guys (at Team Sky) did so, so good today. We can learn a lot from today.

"GreenEdge did a great lead out and I was lucky that Goss closed down (Mark) Renshaw and so opened the door for me. But I'm happy to have won.

"I've always said that if you look to try to beat another team and not focus on winning yourself, you won't win. That's what we did today. As long as I'm in this team, we'll always try to win and not worry about anyone else."